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N.H.L. Suspends Evander Kane for Violating Covid Rules

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The National Hockey League introduced on Monday that it had suspended the San Jose Sharks ahead Evander Kane for 21 video games, with out pay, for “an established violation” of the league’s Covid-19 protocol, officers mentioned.

The announcement didn’t clarify how Mr. Kane had violated the protocols, however a number of information organizations, together with The Associated Press, reported that he had offered the league with false proof of vaccination. The New York Times has not independently verified the declare.

Teams have the appropriate to droop and dock the salaries of unvaccinated gamers who’re unable to play due to the protocols or native rules.

Mr. Kane’s forfeited pay will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, the league said in a statement, including that he wouldn’t be eligible to play earlier than Nov. 30.

A press release from the San Jose Sharks said the group was “disappointed by his disregard for the health and safety protocols put in place.”

“I made a mistake, one I sincerely regret and take responsibility for,” Mr. Kane, who joined the league in 2009, mentioned in an announcement via the National Hockey Players’ Association. He added that he plans to proceed with counseling so as “to help me make better decisions in the future.”

Mr. Kane, 30, didn’t play in San Jose’s season-opening recreation on Saturday in opposition to the Winnipeg Jets. He was the Sharks’ main scorer final season, with 22 objectives.

Last week, which was the beginning of the league’s common season, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned solely 4 gamers out of about 700 had not but obtained a Covid-19 vaccination.

“Our vaccination rate is incredible,” Mr. Bettman mentioned. “Four players, not four percent of players. All of our officials are vaccinated. All of the personnel that come into contact with the players are vaccinated.”

The Sharks have already misplaced a coach due to vaccine-related restrictions. Rocky Thompson, the affiliate coach, stepped down final month. Mr. Thompson mentioned he had a medical cause to stay unvaccinated, however the league requires vaccinations for any nonathlete whose job includes being inside 12 toes of gamers.